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Old 04-15-2015, 05:39 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by cariboocreek View Post
Produce/meat, guns, and a criminal record will be problematic. By the way those four things are also problematic for us Canadians going south. Treat the guard with respect and answer the questions honestly and all will go well. Also make sure you have your vet records if your bringing a pet. I cross the borders regularly and it is quicker to find smaller crossings.

If you are not doing or bringing anything in you shouldn't, then why miss the opportunity to travel in one of the most beautiful and safe countries in the world. Easy communications, great exchange rate on your currency, smooth highways, and friendly people. Don't miss out on weeks of fabulous camping because of 30 minutes at the border.

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Old 04-15-2015, 05:47 PM   #22
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There is actually construction on the 190n by exit 9 (peace bridge) going on right now. I believe they are expanding the peace bridge plaza. I drive by it 3 to 4 times a week going to and from my bosses restaurants. It hasn't bothered my drive cause I don't exit, but the cars exiting seem to back up a bit. Just a little heads up for you.

I also agree on gas prices. They sure look cheap on the pump until you realize it's a per liter price.

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Old 04-15-2015, 05:54 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by tnchuck100 View Post
Just a comment about the one of the two experiences I had entering Canada and returning to the U.S.

My wife and I were riding a motorcycle. Entering Canada was no problem. However, returning to the U.S. had a problem. They wanted to see my wife's ID. It was in the tour pack and she must get off the motorcycle to retrieve it. Now the Catch 22 ensues:

Crossing guard: I need to see your ID.
[Wife proceeds to get of the motorcycle to get it]
Crossing guard: You can't get off the motorcycle.
Wife: My ID is in the tour pack.
Crossing guard: I need to see your ID.
Wife: I must get off to get it.
Crossing guard: You can't get off.
Wife: If you want to see my ID I must get off.
Crossing guard: I need to see your ID.
Wife: I need to get off to get it.
Crossing guard: You can't get off.
Me: Look, either she gets off to get it or you don't see it. Now make up your mind which way you want it. You can't have it both ways.

He finally let us pass.

These crossing guards have a very limited ability to reason on their own and follow the book chapter and verse. And with a zero sense of humor.
Great story.

"And with a zero sense of humor."

Most times, but not always.

My favorite border cross story. This is many years ago. The story involves adult entertainment, so be warned.

Back in the day a friend of mine worked customs/immigration on the Rainbow Bridge (N.F., N.Y, to N.F., Canada). His daughter took piano lessons in N.F., Canada. He needed to drop his daughter off, but didn't need to be to the bridge for a couple hours.

The Canadian Ballet was convenient, he wasn't in uniform, so he dropped in. During his time drinking his Pepsi there was a guy who ended up on stage. There was edible garments involved. The guy ate the red licorice tie straps.

Shortly after that my buddy left to go to work. He was on station in time to have "stage boy" pull up to his booth.

After asking all the required questions my friend casually asked, "So how was that licorice?".

Taken aback the guy replied "What?".

"The licorice you ate up on stage. How did it taste?".

The guy stammered, "How do you know about that?".

My friend pointing at his computer terminal, "You'd be surprised what we have logged in there.". "Move along!", and he waved him on.

To this day I'm certain that the poor guy thinks he's somehow being watched every time he goes to Canada.

Sorry to go on. vic
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:04 PM   #24
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If going to Jellystone it makes sense to go peace bridge at ft Erie. Have a great time at the park. We go there often and the staff is amazing and the park,including washrooms is very very clean
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Old 04-18-2015, 03:09 PM   #25
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We had an issue crossing into Canada at Niagara towing a 29 foot travel trailer. After a huge traffic jam going over the bridge we finally (1 hour later) arrived in Canada with 2 pieces of firewood in back of SUV. The border officer made us take the wood back into the US. More traffic getting back and then we had to find a spot to "dump" the wood. Paid the toll again and waited in yet more traffic. Once across the bridge, the officer just waived us on. We will never carry firewood again!
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:11 PM   #26
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I just came across this past Friday night. Eggs and chicken are now banned from the USA into Canada due to the Avian flu.

They sent me in and told me either to go back to Wal-Mart and return them, or surrender them to the agents.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will tell you what is allowed into Canada.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:51 AM   #27
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Rosie and I were coming back from Canada via Peace bridge, and the agent asked if he could come in to look around our RV, he instructed me to turn it off, and hand him the keys.
He came in looked around, lifted up the mattress , opened a few cupboards, and then the refrigerator. "What's in the pot? " he says, instead of "lamb stew" , I said,
" I don't smoke Pot"
He really laughed, as I told him I bought 4 bottles of Crown Royal at the duty free shop. He let us pass, I still see him regularly and he waves!
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:16 AM   #28
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Purpose is not to upset the folks on the N side of the border, But I would say its a lot of hassle at best and a real PITA on the bad side. There are very nice CG's on the US side and a whole lot easier to travel over the border without the TT. Can you do it? Yes Will it be a problem? Maybe not ? Luck of the draw, forgetfulness on your part, or inclusion of some obscure item [food for my dog] and you will wish you had picked that NY state Park near Niagra.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:54 AM   #29
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It is the same going both ways.. I have met some real AH US boarder guards and some real nice ones.. Many have no sense of humor so don't try to joke with them. The same applies to the Canadian guards.. My buddy works for Canada Customs and I asked him it there was a secret handshake or signal that would smooth my crossing.. he laughed and said NO..
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:04 PM   #30
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Great information...

My wife is freaked out about going there this year.


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